Road Reports on Driving Conditions in the North
Alaska's "511 Travel in the Know" provides travel alerts, driving conditions, roadwork updates and weather forecasts. Phone 511 from anywhere in Alaska. A Route Summary tool on the web site provides a report on both driving conditions and roadwork for specific itineraries. 511 Travel in the Know and other highway data may be accessed by clicking on the Highways icon on the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
The highway construction season in Alaska typically runs from the beginning of May to the end of October. Construction work zones can appear anywhere, from major arterials in Anchorage to two lane highways in rural Alaska. Keep in mind that traffic fines double in highway construction work zones! When traveling through work zones, the Department asks that motorists be alert to construction workers and equipment, reduce your speed, and follow the directions of flaggers and posted signs.
In Alaska, studded tires are legal on a paved highway or road from September 15 to May 1 north of 60 degrees North Latitude (includes all of Sterling Highway) and from September 30 to April 15 south of 60 degrees North Latitude.
Travelers may check daily road reports for current driving conditions in the Yukon by visiting the Yukon Department of Highways & Public Works at http://www.511yukon.ca/. Visit British Columbia's Drive BC traveler information system for current road conditions and event information for the entire province. For Alberta highways, go to Alberta's Official Road Reports.
Remember to buckle up and have a safe journey!